Matzie: $70,595 grant to fund new, ADA-accessible playground for Conway

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A $70,595 state grant will help fund a new Conway playground with equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will allow the borough to replace the deteriorating, 20-year-old playground equipment at the former Conway Elementary School with new equipment that includes two ADA-accessible swings and a new wood-fiber surface and border. As part of the project – estimated to cost $83,053 – the borough will lease space to a learning center that offers therapeutic and educational programs for children with developmental disabilities.

Matzie applauded the CFA board for approving the funding, which he said will allow the community to improve recreational facilities and make them more inclusive.

“All kids should have a chance to play on a playground,” Matzie said. “This funding helps us achieve that. It’s important for us, as a community, to provide a safe environment for kids to get some exercise and have some fun. This grant helps get us there.”

The grant is funded by the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.